The reason we came to Bend supposedly was this relay race. Before I get to that though let me just start out by saying how great Bend Oregon is. We have dear friends living there who always make excellent hosts and give us a great excuse to visit. If you’re into outdoor activities of any kind (running, biking, watersports, skiing, hiking, rock climbing, whatever) you will want to find your way there. It’s great!
Downtown rapids on the Deschutes River
Some dude relaxing on a sculpture downtown
We were there during the June First Friday Artwalk which means we got to walk around the downtown area, visit shops and drink beer. I bought a nice metal print of last year’s solar eclipse from a local photographer named Jeffrey Murray. You should check out that website. He’s really talented.
We ended the night at Bontà Gelato because you can always use some gelato, right?
Our start time was around 7:30 Saturday morning. It started at Worthy Brewing. They have a large facility that includes a large restaurant area with an attached “Hopservatory” !
It was a shame everything was closed. It would have been nice to spend more time there. Here’s a video tour of the observatory.
I didn’t take too many pictures during the race itself. I got the start line…
…and the obligatory shot of the swag after the finish.
The medal doubles as a coaster
I had two legs. My first was Leg 3
You can see it was still pretty early and the heat hadn’t picked up yet. I felt pretty good the whole way.
My second leg was Leg 9
It was almost 20 degrees warmer by 3:15 in the afternoon. I haven’t done a lot of hot weather running yet this year so I felt this one. I did see a number of prairie dogs crossing the road in front of me along the route (or maybe that was just heat hallucinations, I don’t know).
I don’t do many organized race events (they stress me out too much) but I make an exception for relays. The team of people I run with on these things is a lot of fun. We aren’t that serious about our times, we’re just there to have a good time. We’ve done a number of these things now and we still get along great. The Beer Chase event is nice because it isn’t an epic 24 hour thing. It’s just 50 miles and each transfer station has free beer! What more could you want?